Stevens (by Savage Arms) Announces New Compact Over-Unders

Stevens by Savage Arms has announced the expansion of their 555 over-under shotguns with three new models. The new offerings are “compact” models designed for smaller shooters or those who prefer a shorter length of pull.

The new “555 Compact” is designed with a 13.25 inch length of pull. Like the full-sized 555, the shotgun maintains the aluminum receiver, reducing weight and easing swing. The aluminum receiver is augmented by a steel insert, which reinforces the breach to ensure long life from the firearm. Barrels are clocked in at 24 inches, which is truly compact for over-unders.

The new models all include Turkish walnut stock and forearm, shell extractors (no ejectors), manual safety, and a single mechanical trigger. The trigger can be selected for over or under shooting. Both barrels are threaded for chokes, with Stevens including 5 from the factory. The safety is mounted on the tang for ambidextrous operation.

The 555 Compact’s new models include one in each 20 gauge, 28 gauge, and .410 gauge. Retail for each model is below $700, clocking in at $692 each.

  • Features & Benefits, courtesy of Stevens:

    · Mid-length forearm and compact 13.25-inch length of pull

    · Lightweight aluminum receiver scaled to gauge

    · Single, selective mechanical trigger

    · Turkish walnut stock and forearm

    · Chrome-lined barrels

    · Tang-mounted safety

    · 24-inch barrel length

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • codfilet

    I Take it these are no longer made in Chicopee Falls, Mass. ?

    • J.T.

      I think all of the “Stevens” branded stuff is imported now. The 320 is made in China, the the 555 is made in Turkey, and I’m fairly sure the S1200 is made in Turkey as well.

      • David W.

        By all accounts the Turks make excellent shotguns.

        • Frank Grimes

          They also make pretty hardcore ISIS beheading videos.

          Hopefully their shotguns are better than their religion.

          • RocketScientist

            Ummm… aren’t the turkish armed forces FIGHTING isis?

          • Omerli

            They are indeed, having recently ousted ISIS from Dabiq, the mythical town from where those benighted parasites were supposed to conquer the World. Indeed their monthly magazine carried the same name until The Turks chased them out.

          • Marcus D.

            Dabiq is not exactly mythical, but instead a real place on the map. Supposedly Mohammad prophesied that the ‘battle to end all battles” between the believers and the non-believers would take place there, a “prophesy” that ISIS has interpreted as a battle between the “Crusaders” (i.e., the U.S. as representatives of all Christian peoples) and the believers in Islam. It didn’t happen. But there is a potential battle brewing just to the south, in and around the city of Al Bab, an ISIS stronghold, and a city that the FSA/Turks, the Syrian government, and the YPG/SDF/Kurds all cherish.

          • Frank Grimes

            Haha, no.

            The Turks are bombing the Kurds in areas where the Kurds are overwhelming and pushing back ISIS all while the Turkish government is raking in big bucks from ISIS oil sales and using the country of Turkey as a rally point to get new foreign recruits set up with ISIS terror cells.

          • Homer Simpson

            Frank Grimes is the new Lance.

          • bobby_b

            Don’t know who Lance is, but if he’s an accurate reporter of events, then you’re correct. Turkey has no “side” except Turkey. Turkey sees this war as a great chance to kill their long-time enemies and make a few bucks helping ISIS.

          • DW

            The old Lance does not incite, however incorrect he might have been.

          • iksnilol

            Not quite… but close enough I guess. Lance did just cause concussions since one would facepalm hard… Frankie, he’s… different.

  • JustAHologram

    Couple questions, will 28ga and .410 actually be different receivers?

    What pattern choke system do they use?

  • David Harmon

    I was interested until I read they were imports now. I will only buy imports from Europe or Canada, and then only if there are no US alternatives.

    • Wetcoaster

      Turkey is usually considered part of Europe

      • David Harmon

        No it isn’t. Turkey is occupied by Asians.

  • Jeff Smith

    Isn’t Stevens Savage’s budget brand? I know things “cost what they cost”, but am I the only one who thinks that $700 seems a little on the high end for a budget over/under shotgun?

    I don’t know if this is comparing apples to oranges, but Stoeger has similarly priced guns for MSRPs of around $499 which seem to be of similar quality.

    More choices are always nice, but it always makes me wonder “what the hell are they thinking” when I see a company introducing something with non-competitive pricing.

    • JustAHologram

      It depends on the grade of wood, do the others have a selector or just a safety, what is the level of fit and finish?

      • Nashvone

        I’ve got a Tristar O/U with a selector/safety on the tang. Turkish walnut furniture and Benelli/Beretta Mobile chokes. My out the door price with a shotgun bag and NICS was $411.37. If Savage wants in the budget market, they’re going to have to do better.

        • Jeff Smith

          Ah, I forgot about Tristar for over/under shotguns. It seems that the budget market for shotguns is filled with Turkish guns at pretty fantastic prices.

        • JustAHologram

          If Savage is using a higher grade Turkish Walnut it would explain some and we don’t know how durable and/or reliable it is? If it has significantly fewer malfunctions it is worth the difference easily.

          • Nashvone

            If the wood is the difference in price, they missed the idea of a budget firearm. I’ve had my Tristar for a couple of weeks and out shooting once and put two hundred rounds through it with no malfunctions.

          • JustAHologram

            I’ve seen other budget O/Us(primarily yildez) hold up well for the first 2000-3000 rounds then issues with trigger resets or the safety selector start showing up. If they’re trying to be an overall budget shotgun they are a bit high however, if they want to be more affordable than the standard for quality O/Us(Browning, Beretta…) they are on point.

        • Twilight sparkle

          Who’s making you pay for a NICS check???

          • Nashvone

            The state of Tennessee.

          • Twilight sparkle

            You should be paying for the tics check then, not the NICS

    • Joshua

      all Savage’s shotguns are Stevens’, it’s not a “Budget line” it’s the shotgun line, way back at the beginning Artur Savage made rifles and Mr. Stevens made shotguns, they said hey, we can do better as one company than either of us could as two companies, and they merged. Savage has a reputation as a “economy” gun maker, but Stevens is not the “Budget Brand”

      • Jeff Smith

        I’m not sure if that arrangement is a recent one, but Steven’s has made rifles in the past. The Stevens 200 is/was the budget centerfire rifle for years for Savage. I’m not sure if it was replaced by the Edge/Axis, but it was sold by Savage as of 5ish years ago.

        • Joshua

          they’ve done some very strange things over the years, for a long time Savage didn’t make or sell any shotguns, the Stevens 200 comes from that time, The Stevens brand was sitting idle as the company focused on rifle production, so they decided to market a couple cheap rifles under the Stevens brand. That got a lukewarm reception so they shelved it, then they got the bright idea of importing a couple low cost shotguns and said hey, we still own Stevens, people know Stevens shotguns, lets mark them Stevens and sell them. Meanwhile Lakefield the other brand they own, still languishes in disuse.

  • Blake

    I’d gladly pay an extra $40 or so for ejectors.

    – burning your fingers on hot shells after a couple rounds of skeet is no fun

    – when you’re in a hurry with birds overhead, every little bit counts

    – turning your gun upside-down & shaking it looks stupid

    • Nashvone

      Some people are too lazy to bend over and pick the spent shells up so they prefer the lack of ejectors.

      • Blake

        Interesting point, but you can always just put your hand over the breech & catch them…

  • Blake

    Other than the lack of extractors, this is a pretty cool compact shotgun, & I love me some over/unders.

    …but for the same money I still think I’d get a CZ upland ultralight:

  • iksnilol

    Where’s the hacksaw? I don’t see how it is compact if it doesn’t include one.